A member of the Facebook page titled Citizens Preserving the Penokee Hills Heritage Park posted a artist depiction of a small girl carrying the severed head of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
The image, has amassed over 160 likes and 170 responses that are mostly positive.
According to the mission statement, the purpose of their group is to provide an avenue for the distribution of research, education, and information pertaining to preserving the Penokee Hills as a national heritage park in Northwestern Wisconsin.
The mission statement states that “this is not a forum for angry, violent or confrontational acts against people or property, but a forum focused on protecting the water, the resources and life giving aspects of the environment.”
Here are a few highlighted responses that this depiction received from these non angry environmentalists:
-Thought provoking…. Is all I can say….
-While the image might be uncomfortable, let us remember that Walker’s administration has prioritized policies that have been perceived by people in Bad River to be cultural genocide. Is there a *polite* response to attempted genocide? Is there a *proper* and *respectable* manner of redress when those with whom you would discuss your grievances – those who would exterminate your way of life – ignore you?
-What a sense of release lies there. Vindication, survival! It inspires me
-Warrior women rock. The only way they will stand with Scott Walker is if they are holding his head.
-Still can’t get enough of this
The artist who did the piece is Native American Jodi Webster. Jodi’s bio claims that her work highlights her Woodlands lineage while also addressing the many adversities encountered by modern Native American people. Jodi is member of the Ho-Chunk Nation as well as the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.
“My intentions in creating works are to enlighten the perceptions of Native people as well as positively promote women and children. By highlighting my own heritage within my work, I hope to make others aware of the distinct cultural beauty represented by each of the various 566 tribal identities. ”
Whether or not painting a girl carrying the severed head of Walker is promoting women or children in a positive way is up for debate, but it certainly sends a clear message that the governor is not well received in the Native American community.